Ground broken on US$22 million hydro project in Colorado

MONTROSE, Colo. 6/1/12 (PennWell) — Work has officially begun on the first of two new hydroelectric sites near the Gunnison River in Colorado’s Uncompahgre Valley.

The 7.5-MW South Canal project — which consists of two powerhouses being developed jointly by the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association (UVWUA) and Delta Montrose Energy Association (DMEA) — will have a total cost of about US$22 million. reported that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a temporary directive and standard for Lease of Power Privilege requirements and processes in April because the sites sit on Reclamation land.

UVWUA and DMEA officials say they expect both plants to be operational by July 2013.

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